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9 Gentle Hand Soaps To Use If You Wash Your Hands Non-Stop

Regular hand washes are just as effective in killing germs and bacteria. As a twofer, these options will also leave your hands smelling good and feeling smooth

A study found that using running water and soap to wash your hands is just as effective in killing disease-causing germs compared to using anti-bacterial soaps.

According to the World Health Organisation, hand washing is the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19. As some of us may be spending more time indoors, handwashing remains a regular part of our routine and though it is effective most hand washes can leave our hands feeling dry or irritated after multiple washes.

A common misconception is that hand-washed labeled as “antibacterial” will be more effective than regular hand soaps, but a study in 2019 conducted by the American Society For Microbiology concluded that using running water and soap to wash your hands is just as effective in killing disease-causing germs. So if you’re already washing your hands more frequently, you might as well choose one that will nourish your hands and smell good while you’re at it.

Here are our top picks, from the luxurious hand washes that you’re familiar with from boutique hotels and contemporary restaurants to those you can get at your neighbourhood grocery store.

Photo Vee Chin

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, $49.50
Gently formulated with orange, rosemary, and lavender oil, this nourishing hand wash effectively cleanses the hands and leaves it feeling refreshed. It comes with a delightful citrus and herbaceous fragrance to awaken the senses. Available at Shopee. Compagnie De Provence Liquid Marseille Soap, $35
Gentle in fragrance, this hand soap is lightly fragrant with notes of white tea and citrus. Plus, its lacquered glass pump-bottle makes for a timeless and contemporary addition to your bathroom counter. Available at Sephora. Glasshouse Fragrances Amalfi Coast Sea Mist Hand Wash, $29
You may not be able to go on a holiday, but you can bring the smell of the Amalfi Coast into your home. With an invigorating scent comprising freesia, lavender, and lime, the hand wash is also formulated with rosehip oil, Vitamin E, and argan oil to nourish and protect your hands after each wash. Available at Lazada. L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Hands & Body Wash, $35
Extra rich and nourishing, this hand wash is gentle on the skin and leaves it soft and moisturised. The delightfully nutty scent comes from the inimitable shea butter. It’s also eco-friendly—you can purchase eco-refills and reuse the bottle. Available at L’Occitane. Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Wash, $26.50
The key ingredients in this light and revitalising hand wash are clarifying cucumber extracts, antioxidant-rich rosemary leaf extracts, and hydrating aloe vera juice. The formula is gentle enough for repeated use but is also effective in getting rid of stubborn dirt and grime. Available at Crabtree & Evelyn. Kora Organics By Miranda Kerr Hand Wash, $30
Looking for an organic option? This gel-based hand wash has a refreshing aroma composed of certified organic lemongrass, orange and peppermint essential oils. It is free from harmful chemicals such as sulfates, parabens and synthetic fragrances, and will keep your skin clean and hydrated. Available at Sephora. Laura Ashley Samphire And Sea Minerals Scented Hand Wash, $23
If you prefer clean and fresh scents, this hand wash cleanses your hands with the scent of the ocean. The pretty packaging also makes it an ideal gift for your loved ones if you are planning to send them a care package. Available at Lazada. Panier Des Sens The Essentials Rejuvenating Rose Liquid Marseille Soap, $23.50
This ultra-nourishing hand wash has a beautiful rose scent thanks to the rose essential oils in its formula. Free from parabens, aluminium and silicones, the hand wash can help soothe and rejuvenate the dry and irritated skin on your hands while washing away dirt and impurities. Available at Amazon. Method Kitchen Gel Lemongrass Hand Wash, $9.90
If you have been cooking more since working from home, this product is the perfect addition to your kitchen counter. Infused with citrus extracts, the gel hand wash can get rid of stubborn smells on your hands after you handle foods such as garlic, fish and onions, leaving them with a pleasant and lingering scent. Available at Zalora.